The Original Kings Of Comedy

"Weak"

The Original Kings Of Comedy Review


Filmed by Spike Lee at a sold-out, stadium-sized comedy concert in Charlotte, N.C., "The Original Kings of Comedy" is a snapshot of Black humor in the year 2000.

It features standup sensations (and sitcom stars) Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric "The Entertainer" and Bernie Mac waxing jocular and lewd about the usual array of comedy targets from jobs to church to sex (and more sex and more sex) to kids to the differences between what white folk do and what black folk do in various situations -- getting fired, attending weddings, Halloween, etc.

Is it funny? Sure -- although not as funny as the comics themselves seem to think it is. Many of the gags have a short shelf life and will be badly outdated in a matter of months. Harvey, for example, spends five minutes of his opening volley on some scandal involving some Caroline Panthers, and I didn't have a clue whom he was talking about.

But even though "Kings of Comedy" bats better than .500 for laughs, with a groundbreaking director like Lee behind the camera, I expected more. Standard whooping-audience reaction shots and staged behind-the-scenes footage are way below Spike's abilities. And I certainly didn't expect to see any kind of Spike Lee project succumb to the kind of blatant continuity problems and other technical follies that plague this picture. It's distractingly obvious when he's cut out or rearranged parts of a comic's routine.

Sure, that stuff isn't exactly of paramount concern in a comedy concert flick. But what I'm saying is that I don't see any reason why "Kings of Comedy" has been released in theaters. There's nothing whatsoever contained within to distinguish this movie from a middling HBO comedy special and there's definitely nothing unique enough about it to earn that distinctive, trademarked title card, "A Spike Lee Joint."



The Original Kings Of Comedy

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Friday 18th August 2000

Box Office USA: $37.7M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Fresh: 76 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Himself, D. L. Hughley as Himself, as Himself, as Himself

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

An unusually realistic teen movie, this drama gets deep under the skin of its characters,...

Bleed for This Movie Review

Bleed for This Movie Review

This is such a ripping true story that it can't help but grab hold of...

Moana Movie Review

Moana Movie Review

In a clear echo of Frozen, this Disney animated adventure centres on a fiercely independent...

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

Bad Santa 2 Movie Review

The 2003 comedy Bad Santa is a holiday classic that skilfully mixes gross-out humour with...

Allied Movie Review

Allied Movie Review

There's a terrific script at the heart of this World War II thriller, with a...

A United Kingdom Movie Review

A United Kingdom Movie Review

Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with...

Indignation Movie Review

Indignation Movie Review

Philip Roth's layered novels are a challenge for filmmakers (see also 2003's The Human Stain...

Advertisement
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review

It's been five years since the last Harry Potter movie, and J.K. Rowling has been...

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Dog Eat Dog Movie Review

Yet another bonkers thriller starring Nicolas Cage, this trashy crime comedy comes from director Paul...

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall Movie Review

"Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall" is a DVD...

Arrival Movie Review

Arrival Movie Review

This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with...

Elle Movie Review

Elle Movie Review

There's a boldly comical tone to this outrageous thriller that can't help but unnerve audiences...

100 Streets Movie Review

100 Streets Movie Review

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but...

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

Nocturnal Animals Movie Review

It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.